The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Book Description From Goodreads:
The Duke and I is a romance set in the Regency era.
In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable… but not too amiable.
Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.
“Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.
The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…”
I got this for 99p on Kindle, but it is also available from the library.
I saw (and enjoyed!) the Netflix series of Bridgerton so I decided that I had to read the book. Kindle were doing an offer of 99p for the first two books so I got both of them at the same time.
After having watched the Netflix series and then reading the book I have to say that I enjoyed the Netflix series more. This is a rare thing for me to say, but the series had more things going on in it. Whilst I was reading the book I kept waiting for things that happened in the series to happen in the book, but they never did. This spoilt the book a bit for me and I was left feeling fairly disappointed. This is the reason why I only rated it 3 stars. I wished that I had read the book first then maybe I wouldn’t have been so disappointed.
In terms of actual content the writing was good and I loved all the characters and settings. Seeing the Netflix series did influence what I was imagining, but I wasn’t put off by that. I managed to make it to the end of the book without losing interest, but again this could have been because I was looking forward to things happening and then finding out that they never did!
As I said above, I bought the first and second book together, so despite my disappointment with this book, I did decide to read the second one, but went into it with fairly low expectations. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I loved the second book and would quite happily read that one again (The Viscount Who Loved Me)!
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